NOLEN WOOD, Lead Pastor

Nolen is the Lead Pastor of Life Church of Athens

Date/Place of Birth: July 7 Carrollton, Ga

Places (states) lived in: Georgia & Kentucky

Education:University of Georgia (B.s Recreation and Leisure Studies 05-09)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div)

Salvation: I grew up in a Christian home and had two incredible parents who taught me the necessity of having a personal relationship with Jesus for myself. However, growing up as a ‘preachers kid’ doesn’t naturally transfer into that relationship. June 12, 1999 I attended a church youth camp in Louisiana and clearly heard and understood the Gospel message of salvation for the first time. My heart was truly regenerated and focused on living for the glory of God. Since that time, my life has never been the same.

Work/Ministry Experiences: After graduating from UGA I accepted the role of College Pastor at Cornerstone Church here in Athens. I served there for 3 years and moved to Kentucky to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological seminary. While in school, I was the Assistant Head Basketball Coach at Boyce College and served as the Worship leader for New Breed Church in inner-city west Louisville. After graduation from seminary, I returned to Georgia to work for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Greene County. Now I have the privilege and honor of serving as lead Pastor for Life Church of Athens.

Favorite thing About Life Church: Our people whole heartedly embrace the charge of love God and love people. We are a church that welcomes anyone and everyone to the table of grace and mercy to behold the beauty of loving and living for Jesus.

Family members: Married to Ashley and father of McKenya Grace and Nolen Spencer III

Hobbies: Family Time, Reading, Fishing, Golf, Basketball, Working Out, Eating.

Secret Ambition: To be an A-10 Pilot and go on the reality TV show Survivor